DE PERE - Broccoli is bursting from the garden. There are terrific tomatoes, wonderful watermelons, and countless cucumbers.
This community garden is the work of some students at Saint Norbert College in De Pere.
"I loved it. I loved every second," said Malorie Imhoff, St. Norbert College junior.
The group is passionate about this new project.
"It's just something that I feel like I should do here on campus. It was really cool to be involved in, be with some of my best friends and just hang out and help the earth," said Imhoff.
Imhoff and her friends have spent the last year dreaming up this 100 percent organic garden.
They helped plant, care for and harvest a variety of vegetables, herbs and fruit.
"It started as just two of us, and then it kind of expanded to ten, and then it expanded to 30. So it's a growing project, and I think there's a ton of room for growth," said Maria Howe, St. Norbert College junior.
The college is picking up the cost of the garden, for its first two years, paying for seeds, tools and fencing. The school also donated the land, just off of 4th St., where the project now sits.
"I think I was surprised at how well it did do the first year," said Howe.
"I mean, there's a lot of pride, when I walk through the garden at what we were able to do," said Joel Vanden Busch, St. Norbert College junior.
What the students were able to do, is donate about 2,000 pounds of the food to Paul's Pantry, in Green Bay, which serves the needy. The students say handing over the food experience was very rewarding.
"To see the appreciation that we had when we donated, all these hundreds of pounds of vegetables every weekend was really what kept us motivated," said Vanden Busch.
"We're serving so many families right now that this makes a huge difference for us. I just want to say thanks to St. Norbert College and the students for doing this. It's very appreciated and needed," said Craig Robbins, Paul's Pantry.
"It's an awesome feeling and I know that everyone who has been involved in it has been impacted positively in so many ways," said Vanden Busch.
The students say they've learned so much, and they are already planning improvements for next year. They know they're making a difference, and hope other colleges consider following their example.
"So, I think it's cool that this is all student run. And we are all able to work together and make something that's bigger than ourselves," said Imhoff.
This weekend at St. Norbert, there is a Harvest Festival that is open to the public. The event will celebrate the success of the garden and share plans for the future. If you interested, click here.
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